Charitable Fund

Guests at our regular events will know we usually hold a raffle, with prizes donated by our kind sponsors & supporters. The proceeds of these raffles go directly to our charitable fund and searches buy female cialis are ring-fenced from our general funds, and then are disbursed to worthy New Zealand / UK related causes after deliberation by our charities sub-committee and approval by the general committee.

Through your generous support the New Zealand Society Charity Fund has been able to make the following grants.

If you know an organisation or individual who may wish to apply for a charitable grant, please contact us using the attached Grant Application Form, and refer to our Grant Guidance Document.

2015 - Charitable Giving

  • Page 2 Stage, is a year-long mentorship and Artist development program for spoken-word poets in New Zealand.  The winner of this programme, Hannah Owen Wright, was announced in October 2014, and will take up an invitation from Apples & Snakes in London, to perform in a showcase in 2015.  The New Zealand Society (UK) provided a grant which will allow for the winner to travel to London for the performance, allowing Page 2 Stage to further strengthen their relationship with Apples & Pears.  With the winner sharing their experience of this exchange to the New Zealand poetry community
  • The Shakespeare’s Globe Centre of New Zealand brought a troupe of 24 talented young actors from New Zealand to partake in a programme developed with The Globe Theatre.  The New Zealand Society (UK) supported six of the students via a grant to cover accommodation costs.  A life changing experience for all, with a number of New Zealand’s talented performing Alumni having made their way through this programme.
  • New Zealand Composer Warwick Blair has been invited to perform at King’s College in London in July 2015.  A grant from the New Zealand Society will allow the project to fund New Zealand musicians within the ensemble.
  • Established in 2006, Shaky Isles presents original New Zealand theatre in London.  As recipients of grants from the New Zealand Society over the years, the Society is delighted to be supporting founder Emma Deakin in a R&D showcase for an upcoming show Spinning Coins.
  • John Dennis is taking on a personal challenge of a solo trek to the South Pole in late 2015.  A sufferer of depression, John is sharing his story while raising awareness and in turn funds for charities through Expedition Dare 2 Express.  This solo, unsupported traverse in the harshest climate on the planet.  The Society has supported John’s training expeditions in Norway.  When successful, John will be the first New Zealander to make this crossing unassisted.
  • Switch Radio, Birmingham have been provided with a grant to assist ‘Made In NZ'  a community project aimed at teaching local people about the pop music and popular culture of New Zealand. As part of project volunteers will conduct research into various aspects of rock, indie, hip-hop and Maori-influenced forms such as Kapa Haka and produce a weekly radio show and cialis best price instructions podcast.
  • London New Zealand Cricket Club, Young New Zealander Brenton Thompson is playing the UK Cricket Season, and has been provided with a grant to contribute towards equipment costs.
  • Origins Festival celebrates the arts by indigenous cultures.  With film elements from New Zealand and performance by GAFA, the Society are proud to support the festival which since 2009 has run the biennial Origins Festival of First Nations, bringing leading artists from the indigenous cultures of New Zealand, the Pacific, Australia and the Americas to London.
  • Australia and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts is a weekend of events celebrating the arts and those created from and inspired by these two nations.  The New Zealand Society was pleased to support the inaugural event in 2014 and proud to see it back in 2015.  Supporting as a Patron and standing behind events of Duncan Sarkies.
  • The New Zealand Cellar has opened its first store in Pop Brixton.  The New Zealand community got behind a crowdfunded campaign to raise funds to open the store, the New Zealand Society (UK) made a contribution from its general fund.  A successful campaign, the store is now open, with The New Zealand Society (UK) named among others on the founders’ wall. 
  • E Pari Ra – community mass waiata for ANZAC Day 2015 was co-ordinated by the New Zealand High Commission and only today best prices cialis canada Ngāti Rānana London Māori Club.  The New Zealand Society (UK) funded a rehearsal day in the Penthouse of NZ Society.  With up to 60 members of the community together on the day for rehearsal.
  • The Girdler’s Company.  New Zealand landscape designer Rosemary Coldstream sourced New Zealand plants suitable for the award winning Girdler’s Hall garden, in consultation with The Girdler’s Hall Head Gardener.  These were planted early autumn 2014, and are a thank you gift in acknowledgement of the support The Girdler’s give each year.  An honoured presence in this historic landmark.

2014 - Charitable Giving

  • The Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand travelled with a troupe of talented young actors from New Zealand to undertake a two week programme at The Globe.  The New Zealand Society are proud to have provided a grant which will assist six of the least privileged students to meet the costs of their journey
  • A grant has been provided to Dr Gerri Kimber (finalist in the 2014 UK New Zealander of the Year) as she continues research into her Katherine Mansfield Biography, which is set to be published in 2015 and will focus on Mansfield's life in New Zealand up to the age of nineteen
  • Choreographer Corey Baker was provided a grant to cover venue hire costs for a presentation evening, as the Kapa Haka Tale funding launch
  • New Zealander Wendy Baker is taking part in the Clipper Round the World Race, and received a grant towards equipment costs as the journey is self-funded. Wendy is also raising funds for Hearing Link whilst sailing on the final few legs of the race
  • The British Museum received funds to acquire a tapa wedding dress by New Zealand designer Paula Chan.  This will be a major feature of an exhibition on Pacific barkcloth, in Gallery 91 at the British Museum, London, from February to August, 2015
  • Maramara Tōtara received a grant to contribute to their fundraising efforts at SUPA 6 2014, which will assist toward the funding of members to travel to New Zealand for grading in October 2014
  • Dr Jatinder Mann received a grant which helped him attend the 2014 New Zealand Studies Association Conference to present his paper "The British World during the First World War: Australia, New Zealand, and Japan and the Pacific"
  • The New Zealand Society supported the inaugural Australia and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts held at Kings College, and were headline sponsors of A Family Union event with CK Stead and his daughters Charlotte Grimshaw and Margaret Stead
  • New Zealander Ingrid Dyer received assistance with tuition fees to attend the American Musical Theatre Academy in London
  • Katherine McIndoe was the New Zealand representative to attend '33Fifty: The Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme' held in Scotland in July 2014.  Grant assistance allowed Katherine to attend the programme.  100 participants from around the world met in Glasgow and Edinburgh to address the challenge: “What role does the youth of the Commonwealth need to play in progress toward low-carbon economies?”.  Katherine was also the only New Zealander in a group of ten participants invited to stay in Scotland for a further five days to present the findings of the programme to HRH The Prince of Wales, and at a range of events including the Commonwealth Business Leaders' Conference
  • The New Zealand Studies Network received a grant for the "NZ in the First World War Conference" hosted at Birkbeck University of London in July 2014.  A unique gathering of New Zealand and UK scholars considered the broader and cultural aspects of World War One, looking at the lead-up to war, the war itself and the long aftermath
  • Wellington based Java Dance Company received a grant for their 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival show "Back of the Bus".  Performing to sell-out crowds and industriacarnii.ro extending their dates, the show has been a resounding success
  • Comedian Jarred Christmas received a grant to enable him to travel to New York City to take part in the New York TV Festival. A festival which only invites 150 writers a year, connecting them with top TV executives, with Jarred being the only New Zealander to have been invited in the 10 years of the festival
  • Celebrating the success of New Zealanders around the globe, the New Zealand Society were proud to support the launch event of Dream Catchers.  A documentary showcase created and presented by Miss Hilary Timmins.  Launched in London in October 2014, this series is set to inspire many and celebrate our tall poppies
  • New Zealand fashion designers Jeanine Clarkin and Shona Tawhiao received a grant for their deposit fees to attend the London Pacific Fashion Collective in 2015.  The societies focus on supporting New Zealand talent and enabling them to showcase their craft and talents in the UK is very much met with this grant

2013 - Charitable Giving

  • London based New Zealand Artist Mandii Pope was the recipient of a grant from the New Zealand Society (UK).  Raising funds for Paignton Zoo in Devon through sculpture, Mandii Pope's 'Darth Vader Gorilla' joined the march of the Gorillas in the Great Gorillas Public Art Trail
  • The Shakespeare's Globe Centre of New Zealand brought a troupe of talented young actors from New Zealand to partake in a programme developed with The Globe Theatre.  Three young actors from this group then took on the task of performing Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall.  A stunning outdoor amphitheatre perched on the cliffs edge.  The New Zealand Society (UK) supported the kick-starter funding to assist with travel, accommodation and project costs
  • New Zealand Composer Warwick Blair showcased his Opera "State of Being" at the Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival held at The Riverside Studios, Hammersmith.  Invited to take part by Tete-a-Tete Director Bill Bankes-Jones; a grant provided to Warwick Blair by the New Zealand Society (UK) ensured that Warwick could be in the UK for the two performances and for the pre-show rehearsals
  • Page 2 Stage, is a year-long mentorship and Artist development program for spoken-word poets in New Zealand.  The winner of this programme will be announced in October 2013, and will take up an invitation from Apples & Snakes in London, to perform in a showcase in 2014.  The New Zealand Society (UK) provided a grant which will allow for the winner to travel to London for the performance, allowing Page 2 Stage to further strengthen their relationship with Apples & Pears.  With the winner sharing their experience of this exchange to the New Zealand poetry community
  • Professional Dancer and Choreographer, Corey Baker is working on the creation of Kapa Haka Tale.  A production that brings the myth and assistance cialis woman legend of Maori to life in a large-scale production performed in a rugby stadium.  This visually stimulating and powerful performance draws in spiration from a wealth of tales including The Taming of the Sun, The Creation of Sky and Earth and The Finding of Aotearoa, to share the richness of Maori culture and the core of New Zealand identity.  The New Zealand Society (UK) are proud to be supporting this project with a contribution from the Charitable fund
  • GAFA Arts Collective London is a creative company with founding members from New Zealand.  Their inaugural piece ' Gafa A Family called Samoa' has been selected for the london origins festival of first nations.  GAFCS engendered much interest at its London premiere in September 2012 due ot its originality, daring and quality.  A grant from the New Zealand Society Charitable Fund assists towards rehearsal space and material costs
  • New Zealand Opera Singer Nicole Evans is one of 15 singers to be accepted for the 2013/2014 Morley College Opera School.  A grant from the New Zealand Society Charitable Fund assists Nicole with costs incurred over the course of the year
  • Established in 2006, Shaky Isles presents original New Zealand theatre in London.  As recipients of grants from the New Zealand Society over the years, the Society is delighted to be supporting their latest production 'Expectations' which explores the subject of miscarriage and natural alternative to viagra or cialis infertility.  Running over a three weeks, the project is preceded by a fundraiser at the Lyric Theatre during Babyloss Awareness week in October.  Supported by the Miscarriage Assocation the fundraiser is called Raising Expectations and will be a stand-up comedy evening featuring Jenny Eclair and many more female comics in asocation with Funny Women
  • Jaim Sutton has been awarded a grant, which is a contribution towards costs associated with a PhD on the ‘Risk factors for and prevention of colorectal cancer in individuals with an advanced adenoma’ at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London
  • Ben Robertson received a grant which will assist with study material costs, as he undertakes studies of Bass trombone at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  • Katherine McIndoe is the Senior winner of the 2013 Royal Commonwealth Society essay competition.  A competition which has run for over 130 years, with this year seeing over 11,000 entries from across the Commonwealth.  Katherine (19), was the proud winner of the Senior Award, with a grant assisting with costs incurred when travelling from New Zealand for the 'Winners Week' of experiences, which included being presented her award by New Zealand High Commissioner Rt Hon Sir Lockwood Smith KMZM PhD
  • Ngati Ranana London Maori Group will be travelling to Ypres, Belgium to take part in ANZAC Day Commemorations surrounding the Western Front.  With support from the Charitable Fund, the troupe will be travelling to Belgium under the invitation of local government to providing stirring performances in recognition of the fallen, and those who fought in the First World War
  • Young New Zealander Gemma Rushton (15 yrs old), winner of the 2013 National Junior Dog Handler, will be travelling to the UK to represent New Zealand in the competition for International Junior Dog Handler Title at Crufts in Birmingham in March 2014.  Supported by the New Zealand Kennel Club and sponsor Eukanuba, Gemma will be travelling to the UK to undertake a wonderful journey encompassing meeting other Handlers in the UK and the competition.  A grant from the New Zealand Society is a contribution towards the overall costs of the journey, making it possible for Gemma to make the most of her journey.

 

2012 - Charitable Giving

  • Funds raised from the New Zealand Society ANZAC Day drinks reception raffle, were donated to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • A donation was made to the London Massed Bugle Band, following the New Zealand Society ANZAC Day drinks reception, as way of thanks for the bugler provided for the event.  This occasion is always made that much more moving thanks to the playing of the 'Last Post'
  • Nathan Smith, a New Zealand Athlete.  Competed in the 2012 Paralympics.  A grant from the New Zealand Society contributed to Nathan's travel costs.
  • Marama Totara, the Taiaha and Weapons training group based in the UK also received sponsorship from the New Zealand Society to send their trainees to grading exams
  • The UK-NZ Culinary Challenge benefited from sponsorship by the New Zealand Society to help provide the winning yound British Chef Louise Matthews a first-hand taste of New Zealand's unique fusion cuisine, astounding landscape and viagra rx friendly people
  • Kiwi House was the home the New Zealand Olympic Committee over the two and half weeks of the London 2012 Olympic Games.  Set-up through seed-funding from New Zealand business, the New Zealand Society provided sponsorship toward the set-up of New Zealands House over the games
  • Funds were provided to 'Rise up for LEJOG' (Lands end to John O'Groats).  Dr Rick Ellis and a group of six other Doctors used the grant to pay for cycle jerseys.  'Rise up for LEJOG' was a cycle journey which spanned the entire length of the UK.  A fundraising effort, and way to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the Christchurch earthquake and those who suffered the consequences of that day.  The majority of the Doctors worked in Christchurch during the earthquake

 

2011 - Charitable Giving

 

Michelle (President 2010/11) with Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker

  • A grant to help New Zealand actress Yael Gezentsvey to perform at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
  • A grant to assist CTV Cup 20-20 Earthquake Appeal 2011 to help with printing costs of the programme and wristbands for the event. This event raised funds to send back to Christchurch with regard to the February earthquake. More details can be found on http://www.ctvcup.com
  • A grant to assist the launch of the New Zealand Studies Network (UK and Ireland). This is a new organisation which aims to promote New Zealand arts and culture in the UK in the widest sense by holding regular meetings and events, developing a seminar programme and showcasing New Zealand products, work and visitors. The grant will be used toward the reception (wine and levitra 100 mg nibbles) and towards the printing of 200 copies of the booklet of readings
  • A grant to assist Cambridge University second-year PhD student, Alice Kelly, and Cambridge University Junior Research Fellow, Kate Kennedy, organise an international conference at the university on Katherine Mansfield ("Shaping Modernism"), to be held in March 2011
  • A grant to assist Dr Gerri Kimber with her research trip to New Zealand to study Katherine Mansfield's original papers. Gerri and Emeritus Professor Vincent O’Sullivan are editing and annotating the Collected Fiction of Katherine Mansfield. to be published by Edinburgh University Press, in conjunction with Columbia University Press in New York. This will take the form of two large volumes, collating all Mansfield’s extant fiction, which has never been done before. This internationally important project will redefine the status of New Zealand’s most celebrated writer for the next generation. The volumes will be published in January 2013, to coincide with the 90th anniversary of Mansfield death.
  •  A grant to the City of London Festival, which is celebrating Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific this year. The grant will assist with the schools program.

 

2010 - Charitable Giving

 

Romy (President 2009/10)with Hayden, Raewyn & Ollie
  • A grant to assist the family of Ollie Van Lent with their London expenses on their way to a specialist clinic in Austria.Born with an extremely rare chromosome disorder (one of only 12 in the world), the Austrian clinic weaned Ollie off his feeding tube, so that Raewyn, Hayden & Ollie can enjoy a better quality of life. More details about Ollie are on his website:
    Click here to view his story
  • A charity donation to thank the ATR(W) RIFLES Winchester Regiment for providing Scott Barts to "bugle" for us at ANZAC Drinks.
  • A grant to the Katherine Mansfield Society to assist with printing a booklet for their inaugural birthday lecture in London. More info about KMS
  • Assistance to Mahana Clutha, a UK based New Zealand judo competitor to help her with her with qualifying costs for the London Olympics 2012
  • A grant to assist Shaky Isles Theatre produce "My Inner Orc" in October 2010
  • A grant to assist the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB, UK) in eradicating rats on Henderson Island in the Pitcairn Islands. New Zealand native bird protection expertise is being utilised in this project and many Pitcairn Islanders are now residents of New Zealand
  • £5000 towards the Canterbury Mayoral Relief Fund followingthe September earthquake. We also coordinated donations from other UK groups and individuals to minimise international currency exchange & transfer costs. The final sum transferred was just over £7000 and this transferred was handled free of charge by NZ based Direct FX
  • Raffle proceeds from Winter Drinks to the Pike River Miners Fund
  • ("Shaping Modernism"), to be held in March 2011
  • A grant to assist Dr Gerri Kimber with her research trip to New Zealand to study Katherine Mansfield's original papers. Gerri and Emeritus Professor Vincent O’Sullivan are editing and annotating the Collected Fiction of Katherine Mansfield. to be published by Edinburgh University Press, in conjunction with Columbia University Press in New York. This will take the form of two large volumes, collating all Mansfield’s extant fiction, which has never been done before. This internationally important project will redefine the status of New Zealand’s most celebrated writer for the next generation. The volumes will be published in January 2013, to coincide with the 90th anniversary of Mansfield death.
  •  A grant to the City of London Festival, which is celebrating Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific this year. The grant will assist with the schools program.

 

2009 - Charitable Giving

 

  • Gemma Bishop (Spot our logo)

    The New Zealand Society Fellow in New Zealand Studies, at the Centre for New Zealand Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, for 2009-2010. Awarded to Katharina Luh (Giessen University, Germany), researching culturally specific manifestations of femininity/ies and ethnicity/ies in the New Zealand novel from 1970 to the present, and Natalie Lewandowski (Macquarie University, Australia), researching screen sound personnel in the New Zealand feature film industry.

  • RNZRSA - £352 raised in the raffle at our ANZAC drinks, held on April 23.
  • Maramara Totara - grant towards the annual SUPA 6 Kapa Haka competition & fund raising effort.
  • Funds to assist 14 year old UK based Kiwi kayaker Gemma Bishop towards equipment. Gemma attended the Wild Water Worlds Junior Championship in Switzerland in July 2009, and was the only New Zealand competitor.
  • A grant to help produce "Skin Tight", a New Zealand authored, directed and acted play, produced by Shaky Isles Theatre.

 

2008 - Charitable Giving

  • Centre for New Zealand Studies Fellow research grant 2008. The grant was split between Margit Wolfsberger (University of Vienna; relationships between the former Austrian empire and NZ) and Ilana Gershon (University of Indiana, USA; the early years of Maori seats in the NZ parliament).
  • Manu Wahine (a Maori kite) - contribution towards costs of transportation from New Zealand to the British Museum
  • Katherine Mansfield Conference - contribution towards the travel costs for speakers from NZ
  • New Zealand Shore Plover for the Department of Conservation's relocation programme of the plover to Mana Island and to upgrade the breeding facilities at Pukaha Mt Bruce - over $20,000 raised as a one off fundraiser through an art auction.

 

2007 - Charitable Giving

  • Pasifika - a grant towards the staging of an NZ play
  • Centre for NZ Studies
    Establishment of the NZ Society Fellow research grant. The first Fellow was Dr Yvonne Kozlofsky-Golan, from Israel, and during her 11 day stay conducted research at the Imperial War Museum, focusing on NZ soldiers in the Holy Land in WW1 and WW2.
  • ROSL Jubilee Trust - a grant to help bring NZ musicians to the UK in association with Royal Overseas League
  • Christ College Choir - profit from the concert that we organised in London

 

2006 - Charitable Giving

  • Ngati Ranana Kohanga Reo - donation for books
  • Carleen Ebbs - donation towards living costs and tuition while at Guildhall Music school
  • Maramara Totara - donation
  • NZ/UK Link Foundation - donation (NZ UK Chef exchange)
  • Carleen Ebbs - donation (second donation in lieu of performance fee)
  • Shakey Isles Theatre company
  • Ngati Ranana Kohanga Reo - 10th Year anniversary publication
  • Waitangi Dinner speaker's charity - St Bart's Cancer research
  • Campbell Island Teal - art auction proceeds

 

Previous years' donations have included:-

British Museum for restoration of Taiaha
Natural History Museum restoration of Reverend Lashley journals (naturalist drawings)
Havengore Charitable trust (Education)

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